Friday, January 15, 2010

Leave Organic food alone!

Courtesy of Move On and the Food and Water Watch:

The U.S. Dept of Agriculture is closer to approving Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, despite the fact that it's likely to contaminate other crops, including organic alfalfa. Almost all organic dairies are dependent upon organic alfalfa, and organic standards don't allow the use of GE crops. Tell the USDA to preserve organic and reject GE alfalfa.The USDA has studied the possible contamination issues with this perennial grass. They admit there could be problems, but claim they don't know if the contamination of organic alfalfa would matter to consumers of organic food. This is ridiculous, since avoiding genetically engineered ingredients is one of the biggest reasons people seek out organic foods.We need to tell the USDA loud and clear that consumers want foods that are free from genetic engineering. Tell the USDA that consumers do care, and they should reject genetically engineered alfalfa.

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